September 15-16, 2016


DoubleTree by Hilton

One Bigelow Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15219



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open All IWPC Members


How can the ecosystem work together to deliver highly efficient cell site systems in line with CAPEX and OPEX demands? Considering initiatives and innovation to address power efficiency, footprint and design, site production, commissioning and maintenance. How can carriers meet increasing capacity and densification demands without impacting Quality of Experience?

Workshop Goals

  • Explore state-of-the-art cell site systems including antennas, RRH, connectors, systems and engineering practices
  • Assess latest innovation and initiatives to deliver size, power, efficiency and thermal challenges
  • Consider best practices to ease deployment and increase QoE
  • Identify and address reliability and performance issues prior to deployment
  • Understand how to quickly locate RF interference sources on site
  • Explore testing, combining, enclosures to disguise, power distribution and protection



September 14


7:00 PM

Social and Networking

Reception and Registration



September 15


7:15 AM

Networking Breakfast and Continued Registration


8:15 AM

Opening Remarks and Self-Introductions


Each person will be asked to introduce him/herself and show how they can contribute to this process.

8:30 AM

Carrier Perspectives

  • Real World Experience
  • Current status and issues on 3,5GHz deployment
  • Technologies required going toward to 5G
  • Requirements
  • Massive MIMO
  • D-MIMO
  • Plan for 5G (frequency plan)
  • Site configuration and network planning approaches
  • Impact of increased band combinations and Carrier Aggregation
  • Planning for new band introduction
  • Operational challenges and opportunities for innovation
  • The management and control of all stages of the test, certification and maintenance process as it relates to the control of PIM.
  • Assessing the impact on all various tower, rooftop, DAS and small cell installation issues
  • Installation best practices of active antennas
  • General practices for remote maintenance & health of system
  • Power distribution and protection for tower, rooftop and small cells

3.5GHz update and toward 5G


Deputy Director




Challenges of Densifying Rural Networks


Director, Engineering




10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Network Equipment Perspectives

  • Remote Radio Head Innovation - Validation Testing, Preventative Maintenance and Alarms

  • Best Practices for Production Test, Site Test, Preventative/Remote Maintenance, Installation and Telemetry/Alarming of Active Antennas and Remote Radio Heads, including:
    • Impact on Various Tower/Roof Installation Issues
    • Installation Best Practices of Active Antennas
    • General Practices for Remote Maintenance & Health of System
    • Optimizing Antenna Arrays to Meet Specific Network Traffic Requirements
  • How can Active Antennas be properly monitored and managed at the NOC (to Generate better Informational and Alarm Reports)
  • How much information can the radio provide?

  • Considering integrated test versus SON and external testing.

  • Can increased data capture ease PIM challenges?

  • Cables and Connectorization - Design Criteria and Best Practices to minimize feeder challenges and moisture ingress

  • Active Antenna Evolution - Validation Testing, Preventative Maintenance and Alarms

  • Tower/Roof Top Electronics Test Methodology

  • Reliability Test Criteria

  • Reliability Prediction

  • Reliability Prediction Methods

  • Understanding of Model Assumptions and Other Inputs

  • Interpreting and Comparing Predicted Failure Rates, Service Availability and Other Results

  • Collection of Failure Data, Analysis, Distribution

  • Assessing benchmarks for electronics field return data

Performance, Reliability, and Deployment Speed Enhancements for the Tower Top


Manager, Site Solutions






Managing Noise From External PIM at Crowded Sites 


Solution Manager




12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Network Equipment Perspectives, continued

  • Exploring opportunities for new licensed and unlicensed bands
  • Unlicensed Technologies & Regulatory Status
  • Why and where to use unlicensed spectrum
  • Unlicensed Band as a pillar for a 5G strategy (3.5GHz, 5GHz)
  • Options for using Unlicensed spectrum: LTE-U/LTE-LAA/LWA/MPTCP/MultiFire
  • Why LTE-U and not just LAA? What is the path to LAA?
  • Overview of WFA and FCC positions for LTE-U – update on our work with the LTE-U Forum and WFA
  • Indoor LTE-U Enterprise Small cell lab and field trials
  • Channel Selection, WiFi Coexistence, Achievable throughputs
  • Lessons learnt and expectations for the future

Leveraging Unlicensed Technologies


Senior Staff Systems Engineer




1:40 PM

Enabling Technologies (continued)

  • Considering smaller high power, high efficiency components to meet demanding footprint, weight and thermal requirements

  • Semiconductor Technologies for Base Station Power Amplifiers

  • What are the tradeoffs of GaAs, LDMOS and GaN in terms of bandwidth, linearization, efficiency, thermal management, costs, etc?

  • What are the requirements of future power amplifiers in terms of bandwidth, linearization and efficiency?

  • Connectivity considerations

  • What are the different requirements for macro vs small cell power amplifiers?

  • Is there a future for CMOS PAs?

  • How are the various semiconductor technologies suited for digital pre-distortion and other linearization technologies?

  • Are there any new Architectures planned which will enhance future wideband, low and high power PA operations?

  • Filter innovation for smaller footprint and weight reduction

  • Filter Advances and Innovation
  • Linearization Options
  • Assessing advances in digital pre-distortion and other advanced techniques
  • Where might a CMOS PA fit into the future
  • Next generation filter considerations for 5G
  • PA Architectures for 5G

Trends and Technologies for Cellular Base Stations


Product Manager




GaN Technology for Advanced Base Stations


RF Device Chief Engineer, Mitsubishi Electric




3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:40 PM

Enabling Technologies (continued)

  • What is the state of the art for the various architectures and which semiconductor technology is best suited for each architecture?

  • Innovation in site surveillance and maintenance

Radio Transceiver Technology Enabling Small Cells


CTO, Comm. Business Unit




Drone Flight Capabilities for Wireless




5:00 PM


Technical Design Requirements for In-Building Systems


The MCF strives to maintain a workable, cost-effective operating environment that allows members to continue to improve their networks. The five key functions of the MCF are:

  • Co-ordination in deployment and network operations and co-operation with stakeholders
  • Enhanced communication, education and consultation
  • Mobile carrier industry liaison with Government and other industry stakeholders
  • Research and development of best practice in deployment and network operations
  • Coordination of RF Safety Compliance processes and systems

Mobile Carrier Forum Technical Guidelines for In-Building Systems


Senior Technology Specialist Telstra


6:00 PM Adjourn for Day  

6:30 PM


Networking Dinner  at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto

Bus transportation provided to and from hotel.


September 16


8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast



9:00 AM


Carrier Perspectives, continued

  • Real World Experience

Rooftop and Tower Top Installations and Challenges in Arctic and Sub-Arctic Environments


Project Manager


9:40 AM


Network Equipment Perspectives, continued

  • Best Practices for production, site test and commissioning
  • Preventative/Remote Maintenance, Installation and Telemetry/Alarming for Active Antennas and Remote Radio
  • What are the best choices and tradeoffs for tower, rooftop and small cell operations?

Deploying LTE Advanced, C-RAN, Densification and Prepping for 5G


CTO Americas




10:20 AM


Cables and Connectorization: Design Criteria and Best Practices

  • Design Criteria & Best Practices to Interface Cables (RF, Optical, Power) & Connectivity to Outdoor Equipment

Fiber Optic Connectivity - Insertion Loss Guarantee





11:00 AM Networking Break  

11:30 AM

Mitigating PIM (Factory, Installation, Maintenance)


As band combinations have increased, PIM continues to be an issue for operational management of networks.

From the Transistor to the Antenna:

  • The Management and Control of All Stages of the Test, Discovery, commissioning, Certification and Maintenance Process as it Relates to the Control of PIM
  • High Power and Low Power PIM Testing
  • RF and Optical PIM
  • Impact of Carrier Aggregation, MIMO
  • What will Massive MIMO bring?

Addressing PIM Concerns in DAS Systems and Improving Test Close-out Productivity


Field Manager






12:10 Noon


Round Table Discussion

  • Review Outcomes and Findings from the workshop Proceedings
  • Consideration for bringing the industry together to address the end to end installation and reliability issues:
    • Small Cells, DAS and Unlicensed Systems
    • Tower and Roof mounted systems
    • Connectors and Feeders
    • Active Antennas and Remote Radio Heads
  • Installation Best Practices Recommendations
  • Lightning Disturbance Assessment
  • Specifications, for Tower/Roof configurations to use as a test platform and perform actual testing to determine performance and applicability of protection measures

Host, invited carriers and OEMs



12:40 PM


Takeaways and Closing Remarks

1:00 PM Networking Lunch  


  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?
  2. What can I do to prepare for speaking at an IWPC workshop?
  3. Who are the attendees?
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?
  5. Hotel information?
  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?
  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?
  8. Will business cards be collected?
  9. What is the dress code?
  10. How will handout materials be provided?
  1. What is the deadline for presentation/handout materials?

    Deadline for electronic version of presentation/handout materials: Thursday, September 1st.

  2. What can I do to prepare for speaking an at IWPC workshop?

    Click on the link below for a short video guide regarding preparing for and improving your IWPC presentation:

    Video: IWPC Speaker Guidelines

  3. Who are the attendees?
    • We do not permit the Press.
    • We do not permit Analysts.
    • We do not permit Consultants.
    • We do not permit 3rd party sales reps.
    • We only permit "first hand knowledge experts" in business and technology issues, prepared to contribute to the discussion.
  4. What are the costs/registrations fees?

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to cover out-of-pocket workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (Social Reception plus First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Second Day breakfast/lunch plus Breaks), audio/visual costs, etc.

    These costs will be $790.00 (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members only.)

    ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check. Make checks payable to IWPC.

  5. Hotel information?

    DoubleTree by Hilton
    One Bigelow Square
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    Phone: +1-412-281-5800

  6. What are the travel options from the airport to the hotel?

    Directions and transportation options will be posted as soon as possible.

  7. Are there any audiovisual requirements?

    A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.

    In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions. Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “recordings” of all presentations and panel sessions.

  8. Will business cards be collected?

    Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.

  9. What is the dress code?

    Business casual suggested. No ties, please!

  10. How will handout materials be provided?

    For ALL IWPC members:

    All IWPC members are invited to submit materials to be included in the online workshop folder in the IWPC Research Library. This should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

    For all companies who will be making a presentation at the Workshop:

    You are invited to submit an advance copy of your presentation, complete with graphics and illustrations.

    These materials will be included on the IWPC website Research Library.

    Please submit these materials either by email, as a Word for Windows file, Power Point files or PDF files.


    • Go to www.iwpc.org
    • Click on IWPC Activities Tab
    • Under Workshops: Radio Access Networks Active Antenna Evolution
    • Click on Submit Presentation Proposal. Complete the form and attach your presentation.
    • Once we receive your presentation we will send an email confirmation.